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Joint Commission names 620 hospitals as top performers

The Joint Commission recently released its annual report and named 620 hospitals as Top Performers at using evidence-based care processes linked to positive patient outcomes.

The list of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures  grew more than 50% from its debut last year and represents approximately 18% of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting core measure performance data.

And kudos go out to 244 of the 620 hospitals on the list, which are appearing there for the second year in a row.

Top performer criteria

The designation “Top Performer” is based on performance related to accountability measures for:

  • heart attack
  • heart failure
  • pneumonia
  • surgical care
  • children’s asthma care
  • inpatient psychiatric services
  • venous thromboembolism (VTE) care, and
  • stroke care.

To be designated a Top Performer, each hospital had to meet two 95% performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data.

The first performance threshold required each hospital to achieve 95% or above on a single, composite score that included all the accountability measures for which it reported data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.

For the second performance threshold, each hospital had to meet or exceed 95% performance on every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.

“The Joint Commission began releasing this information as a way to shine a light on and encourage excellence on accountability measures,” Dr. Mark Chassin, FACP, MPP, MPH, president, The Joint Commission, said in a press release. “Making the Top Performers list is no easy feat. I salute these organizations for their hard work in attaining excellence. By consistently using evidence-based treatments, their patients are getting better hospital care.”

Improving care

Overall, the annual report shows hospitals are improving and delivering better care:

  • 88.8% of hospitals achieved a composite accountability measure performance of 90% in 2011, compared to 20.4% in 2002, and
  • all measures tracked over at least two years showed improvement from the year of inception to 2011.

The Joint Commission expects the percentage of hospitals achieving these thresholds to increase because facilities want to achieve reputations for delivering high-quality care within their communities.

In fact, 583 hospitals missed Top Performers status by only one measure.

To help these facilities achieve this status, The Joint Commission encourages them to use the Core Measure Solution Exchange that allows healthcare professionals from accredited organizations to exchange quality improvement practices.

Other tools available for hospitals to use are the Leading Practices Library and the Strategic Surveillance System (S3), a tool that provides a series of risk assessments and comparative reports to assist in the development of improvement plans.

While the annual report shows impressive gains in hospital quality performance, The Joint Commission believes improvements can still be made. Some hospitals perform better than others in treating particular conditions and in achieving patient satisfaction. By sharing data, hospitals can learn from each other and improve.

For a complete list of the 620 top-performing hospitals, click here.

For the 2011 eligibility criteria for Top Performers, click here.

For a copy of The Joint Commission’s 2012 Annual Report on Quality and Safety, click here.


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